Job Actress
Years active 1926-1998
Top Roles Helen Dennis, Nancy Lane / Princess Catterina, Drina, Mrs. Sylvia Verloc, Rose Maurrant
Top GenresDrama, Crime, Romance, Film Adaptation, Comedy, Film Noir
Top TopicsBook-Based, Pre-Code Cinema, Supernatural
Top Collaborators (Director), (Director), (Producer), (Producer)
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Sylvia Sidney Overview:

Legendary actress, Sylvia Sidney, was born Sophia Kosow on Aug 8, 1910 in Bronx, NY. Sidney died at the age of 88 on Jul 1, 1999 in New York City, NY .


Pretty, plaintive-looking, dark-haired American actress who played plucky working girls battling against environmental odds, and only sometimes winning. Her naturalistic acting style made her one of Paramount's biggest stars of the thirties, but her decision to do stage work in 1939 came at the wrong time in her career, and a film comeback in the mid-forties failed. In the seventies she unexpectedly returned, playing elderly character roles. Has written a book on needlepoint. Married to Luther Adler (1903-1984) from 1938 to 1946, second of three. Nominated for an Academy Award on Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams. Died from throat cancer.

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Although Sidney was nominated for one Oscar, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1973Best Supporting ActressSummer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973)Mrs. PritchettNominated

She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Sylvia Sidney Quotes:

Mary Richards: Did you think I slipped off with your cash?
Harry Glynn: It's happened before.
Mary Richards: You seem to have some tough luck with your lady friends.

Helen Dennis: The big shots aren't little crooks like you. They're politicians.

Harry Glynn: I've been thinking.
Mary Richards: No wonder you look so worn out.

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Sylvia Sidney Facts
She became the first star actress to be photographed in 'outdoor technicolor' when she starred in The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1936) in 1936.

Sylvia's first marriage was to Random House publishing president Bennett Cerf, who later served as the avuncular panelist on the popular nighttime game show _"What's My Line?" (1950)(TVseries)_ of the 1950s and 1960s. Married on October 1, 1935, they separated three months later and divorced after just eight. Cerf later quipped, "One should never legalize a hot romance.".

Son Jacob, known as Jody, with actor Luther Adler was born October 22, 1939. Although Sylvia and Luther divorced in 1946, they remained friends and frequently turned to each other for professional advice, even appearing together in later stage productions.

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